Bianca Webster was a nine-year-old student at Ward School when she died tragically in 1992. A brick near the Ward playground memorializes her loss and prompted New Rochelle author and Sports Illustrated columnist Jeff Pearlman to write a moving article in Patch. Both sad and sweet, Jeff’s essay is worth reading, especially if you are … Continue reading Remembering Bianca Webster
This summer I linked to some cool photos from the international space station posted by astronaut Ron Garan — the picture where you could make out New Rochelle gave me the excuse I needed to add them to this site. Well, this time I’ve got no such excuse, but the video below is just too … Continue reading Orbiting the Earth
Catie and I woke this morning to the sound of wrappers crinkling in the living room. Sure enough, the boys were up early — arranging, cataloguing, and swapping their haul of sweets from last night. (In case you’re wondering, Kit-Kats came out way ahead by quantity, while Almond Joy was the most coveted item, based … Continue reading Halloween 2011
My sincere thanks to all who attended yesterday’s brunch in support of my reelection campaign — and thanks also to all who could not attend, but supported the event from afar. Catie and I are deeply grateful for the confidence and generosity of so many friends. During my remarks, I mentioned that photographs of Jeremy … Continue reading Thank You!
Like a lot of other families with little kids, we’ve made a game of looking for the license plates from different states. For a while, Jeremy and Owen would bring a check-list with them on all car trips — even short ones to the supermarket — and I found myself having to restrain the urge … Continue reading That Makes 50!
OK, this has very little (well, nothing at all) to do with City government, but these images from astronaut Ron Garan at the International Space Station are pretty jaw-dropping, so why not share them? And there is just a bit of a local hook: New Rochelle can be seen at the bottom center of this … Continue reading New Rochelle #FromSpace
This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending opening day ceremonies for New Rochelle Little League. It’s about as All-American a scene as you can imagine. Hundreds of kids arrayed on the field, flags blowing in the breeze, coaches and parents beaming with pride, Color Guard standing at attention. On this kind of occasion, … Continue reading Play Ball!
Once a year — and once a year only — I run a 5K. It’s “The Stride” which benefits Sound Shore Medical Center. Given my complete lack of training and preparation, the potential for personal embarrassment is always high. It’s good that the run is sponsored by the hospital and has lots of doctors around, … Continue reading My Once-A-Year Run
Too often, misinformation and anger take center stage in discussions about local issues. Don’t get me wrong. Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion, and sometimes anger is justified. But when negative and uncivil voices dominate a debate, they can present a distorted view of our community and make it harder for all of … Continue reading Help New Rochelle Elevate the Conversation
I had the pleasure recently of welcoming several of Isaac Young Middle School’s class officers to City Hall. They were joined by faculty advisor Marty White. Impressive group of youngsters — and not shy about asking pointed questions!